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Riding the Great Whale ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB527694
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Éric Michel
Directors:  Diane Beaudry
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Civics, Documentary, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Tech/Voc
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1993
Running Time:  57m 01s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Some people call it an engineering triumph. The Cree and Inuit refer to it as cultural genocide. This provocative documentary exposes the controversy surrounding the James Bay hydroelectric project in Northern Quebec. Phase I of this mega-dam project caused massive wildlife and environmental damage. Phase II was stopped due to pressure from aboriginal groups. What is James Bay really about? Hydroelectric power or territory? Fuelled by the media, the struggle assumes epic proportions. Is reconciliation possible in this great northern saga?

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